The American Civil War featuring Washington D.C., Gettysburg, Antietam & Arlington

9 days from £2,199pp

About the tour: The American Civil War featuring Washington D.C., Gettysburg, Antietam & Arlington

Tour Introduction

Join us as we delve into the history of the American Civil War, as we take a look at the war which raged for four years, from 1861 to 1865. We fly into the US where we partake in a series of tours seeing some of the battles most iconic locations. In Washington D.C. we enjoy a tour of the Museum of American History and offer guests the opportunity to pay a visit to Arlington National Cemetery. We visit the iconic Gettysburg, which is often referred to as the Civil War’s turning point, and Antietam the site of the bloodiest battle in American history. As well as visits to Lynchburg, Appomattox, Petersburg and Richmond, we also see Bulls Run, where two major battles took place.

Tour Includes

  • 7 nights hotel sharing a twin room on a room-only basis
  • Fully escorted in the USA by a Specialist Historical Guide
  • Return flights to Washington D.C.
  • Airport transfers
  • Hotel porterage for 1 bag per person
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(Deposits from £300pp)

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Washington D.C. where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a two-night stay.

Day 2 - Washington D.C.

This morning we take an included half-day city tour by coach. We begin the tour with an introduction to Civil War history at the Museum of American History. Spend the afternoon at leisure.

Washington DC

Washington DC (2)

Key Visits

  • Musuem of American History
  • Washington DC

Day 3 - Gettysburg

We travel to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania this morning for a tour of the well-known battlefield. The Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863 is often quoted as the Civil War’s turning point and resulted in the Confederates, under General Robert E. Lee, retreating to Virginia after their attempted second invasion into Union territory. Abraham Lincoln, in November of the same year, delivered his famous Gettysburg Address here at the dedication ceremony for the Gettysburg National Cemetery. In the evening, join our included ‘Ghosts of Gettysburg’ tour. Stay overnight in Gettysburg.


Gettysburg (3)

Key Visits

  • Gettysburg
  • Gettysburg National Cemetery

Day 4 - Antietam Battlefield & Harper’s Ferry

Included visit to the battlefield of Antietam (admission included), the bloodiest one-day battle in American history, where Lee’s invasion of Maryland was ended. Onwards to Harper’s Ferry, where in 1859 John Brown led his famous party of 21 men and secured the federal armoury. The slave uprising was to precipitate the onset of the Civil War. Overnight in Harper’s Ferry.

Antietam Battlefield

Antietam Battlefield (3)

Key Visits

  • Antietam Battlefield
  • Harper's Ferry

Day 5 - Lynchburg, Virginia

We travel to Lynchburg, an important central transportation centre for the Confederacy army, as well as having a large hospital for Confederate soldiers, and scene of the Battle of Lynchburg in 1864. We take a tour of the town before spending a night here.


Lynchburg (2)

Key Visits

  • Lynchburg

Day 6 - Appomattox, Petersburg & Richmond

We travel first to Appomattox, where in 1865 General Lee surrendered to Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant, which signalled the end of the Southern States’ attempt to create a separate nation. The surrender set the stage for the emergence of an expanded and more powerful Federal Government and the end of the war led directly to the adoption of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments to the Constitution – ending slavery, providing citizenship and male suffrage. We visit the Museum of the Confederacy and then on to the Petersburg Battlefield (admission included), where the Union Army held the Confederates in a 292-day siege, the longest in American warfare. Travel to nearby Richmond for an overnight stay.


Petersburg (3)

Key Visits

  • Appomattox
  • Museum of Confederacy
  • Petersburg

Day 7 - Arlington Cemetery

We return to Washington for an overnight stay, arriving late morning. Spend the afternoon in the capital or join our included visit to Arlington National Cemetery. Designated a military cemetery on June 15 1864, veterans and military casualties from every one of the nation’s wars since the American Civil War are interred in the cemetery. During the guided visit you will see many of Arlington’s famous memorials, including the Eternal Flame of the Kennedy grave, and the world-famous Tomb of the Unknowns.

Arlington Cemetery

Arlington Cemetery (2)

Key Visits

  • Arlington Cemetery

Day 8

Today we head to Manassas/Bull Run, where two battles took place, before transferring to the airport for the return overnight flight home.


Manassas (2)

Key Visits

  • Manassas

Day 9

Arrive in the U.K.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Visa/ESTA is required prior to travelling, please visit the ESTA Web site for more details. Applications may be submitted at any time prior to travel, however, it is recommended that applications are submitted no less than 72 hours prior to travel.


Specialist Battlefield Guides

All of Leger’s battlefield tours are accompanied by specialist guides. Their individual in-depth knowledge of warfare will be informative, as well as enhance your overall experience, as they recreate a fascinating perception of the history and factual events of each battle. Discover the actual catalysts for war, the strategies employed and the final, inevitable outcomes, as well as experiencing the emotional human side of the front line.

Please note: On certain tours, you may get tour guides other that the ones listed below.

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All hotels are of a minimum European 3-star standard and have a restaurant or bar on site or nearby. All rooms are en suite and have T.V., telephone and air-conditioning.

Washington Hilton or similar, Washington (nights 1 & 2)

Courtyard by Marriot Gettysburg or similar, Gettysburg (night 3)

Quality Inn Harper's Ferry or similar, Harper's Ferry (night 4)

Hampton Inn or similar, Lynchburg (night 5) 

Best Western Executive Hotel or similar, Richmond (night 6)

Washington Hilton or similar (night 7)

Please Note: due to local laws at least one person in each room booked must be 21 years of age or over.

Travel Options

All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.

When it comes to getting to the Battlefields, Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you choose from.

Your Flights

Flights are with Virgin Atlantic or British Airways from London Heathrow to Washington. All prices and airports are subject to availability. Flight supplements may apply. Please call for more details. This holiday is operated by Leger Air Holidays Ltd. ATOL 3880.

All prices and airports are subject to availability – routes can be reintroduced, cancelled or amended by the airline at any time.

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